Nottinghamshire Police are proposing to sell off their horses and disband their 135-year-old Mounted Section to save money.
The county Police Authority will decide whether to back the plans at a meeting tomorrow.
The force needs to make budget savings of £42m over the next four years. Disbanding the Mounted Section would save £93,000 in the first year, while selling the horses would make £20,000.
But former Police Authority chairman John Clarke says the move would be disastrous. He says the horses prove their worth year in year out and are often a bridge between the police and the public.
Phil Matthews, of Notts Police Federation, acknowledged the Mounted Section plays only a limited role in force operations but said the plans show the depth of cuts to the police service.